October 07, 2012

A Waterfront Field Trip (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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The first field trip for the fall Photo 101 course saw me take the students for a jaunt along the Halifax waterfront. A space I know well, I always keep my eyes open for a new subject, perspective or composition. In this case, the harbour was really calm, and the sky, reflected in the water, looked very unusual - the perfect counterpoint to the warm morning light on the edge of the tire.
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Though I gravitate to ultra-wide lenses, there is a true pleasure in the simple reduction that long lenses can lend to an image - in this case, the chaos and riot of a docked tall ship is replaced with a graphic composition of the bowsprit.
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The last images of the field trip used my long lens (a Sigma 120-400mm) to make abstract images of the high-rise buildings that face the waterfront. An easy image to make in a larger city, Halifax is gradually becoming more "glass faced" as new and renovated buildings begin to mark the sky-line.

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